At my first meeting today to kickoff the training program for the Chicago Marathon 2013, I am overcome with excitement and anxiety as to how I am going to accomplish this. I have never run more than 13.1 miles, and that was when I was in my late 30's, not the 40 year old youngster I am today. I have decided to run with the training program through the ACS, American Cancer Society DetermiNation team and raise money for cancer research. I was certainly not the oldest in the room, and certainly not the most novice. There were people there who have run multiple marathons, and people there who have never completed a 5K. But we are all there for a purpose, and every one of us has a different story to serve as inspiration. I thought to myself, "What did I get myself into?" And my friend, who has herself completed 3 marathons, confided that I would think this several more times before I cross the finish line. But the first step in completing the 26.2 is making an intention, a commitment, and knowing that I am doing this for charity gives me no excuse to back out now.